Ending The Tobacco Holocaust: November 16th is The Great American Smoke-Out

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Smoke Out Big Tobacco On The Great American Smoke-Out Day; What The Tobacco Industry Still Doesn't Want You To Know

Future worldwide health effects of current smoking patterns.

The author of the new book, Ending the Tobacco Holocaust, Michael Rabinoff D.O. Ph.D., (Elite Books, November 2006, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 1-60070-012-8, available at local bookstores, Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble) is a psychiatrist with many public presentations to his credit. He has a driving passion to get the message of his new book to a wide audience, and the ability to engage experienced professionals to assist him towards that goal. More information about the book, and additional free information, can be found at http://www.TobaccoBook.com.

Let Dr. Michael Rabinoff inform you:

  •     How Big Tobacco affects our health, pocketbook and political freedom, and what we can do about it.
  •     Between 1964 and 2004, 12 million Americans died from smoking. Since 9/11/2001 over 2,300,000 Americans died from smoking and secondhand smoke, more than 380 times the number of Americans who died in the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the U.S. soldiers who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq since the war on terrorism began (1).
  •     80 % of smokers still start smoking before the age of 18 (2).
  •     According to the World Health Organization, 1 Billion people will die from smoking in this century (3).
  •     Did you know that the yearly national burden from smoking is approaching $250 billion per year (a burden that you share in whether you are a smoker or not)(4)?
  •     Learn about Dr. Mike's Top Ten Tips To Quit Smoking.

Dr. Michael Rabinoff D.O. Ph.D., a board certified psychiatrist on the research faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, sees patients at The Permanente Medical Group, and is C.E.O. of Biogenesys, Inc., a small research corporation.

Media Contact: Josh Tyree 503-652-5216

References:

1). The Surgeon General's Report 2004, The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sgr/sgr_2004/index.htm , lists 440,000 deaths per year from smoking itself (p.7), and the Center's For Disease Control currently list about 400,000 deaths from smoking itself each year in the U.S. on their website. The 2006 Surgeon General's Report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure To Tobacco Smoke, A Report of the Surgeon General, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sgr/sgr_2006/index.htm , lists over 50,000 deaths per year from second hand smoking (p. 6). Therefore 450,000 plus people in the U.S. die each year from smoking and second hand smoke. Since 9/11/2001 over 5 years have passed, so about 5.2*450,000 Americans have died from smoking or second hand smoke sine 9/11/2001.

2). American Legacy Foundation's fact sheet on youth smoking at: http://www.americanlegacy.org/PDF/Youthand_smoking_6_9_2005.pdf
Another source is: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Main Findings 1998. Rockville, MD; US Department of Health and Human Services. American Legacy Foundation's 2002 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) also found that 80 percent of all smokers started before age 18, and one-third had their first cigarette before age 14.

3). Peto R, Lopez AD. "Future worldwide health effects of current smoking patterns." In Koop CD, Pearson C, Schwarz MR, eds. Critical issues in global health. New York, NY: Jossey-Bass; 2001. Also see CBS news release: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/10/health/main1788932.shtml?source=RSS&attr=Health_1788932 .

4). During 1995-1999, estimated annual smoking attributable economic costs in the United States were $157.7 billion, including $75.5 billion for direct medical care (adults), $81.9 billion for lost productivity, and $366 million for neonatal care. In 2001, states alone spent an estimated $12 billion treating smoking attributable diseases. (2004 Surgeon General's Report, p. 13). To calculate current burden to economy, the following basic calculations are made: 1999 direct medical care cost of $75.5 billion times the health insurance premium inflation rates from 2000 through 2005 of 1.082* 1.109*1.129*1.139*1.112*1.092 (as listed in Employer Health Benefits 2005 Annual survey (#7315), published by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust, September 2005.) = $ 141.47 billion, plus the 1999 lost productivity cost due to smoking of $81.9 billion (times a 3% overall average inflation rate) 1.03*1.03*1.03*1.03*1.03*1.03 = $97.79 billion, plus estimated cost to economy from ETS of $10 billion per year = $249.3 billion total burden to country. This doesn't include other financial expenses due to smoking.

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